Tony Taylor

CLOSELY HELD SECRETS

Bonington Gallery Nottingham Trent University October 29 – November 24 2010

‘It’s a traditional art, it’s creation, it’s mechanical, it’s electronic; it’s difficult and at the same time easy. It’s working with your hands, your head and your heart.

Knowledge is gained by working with others who learned by doing and who are willing to divulge closely held secrets’
(Coleman Schneider 1973)

Exploring the relationship between the artist and the technician, this project and subsequent exhibition reveals the nature of the hidden dialogue between the originator of an idea and the agent of interpretation, pushing the boundaries and applications for digital embroidery.

The participating artists were selected for their strong and varied visual practice, along with their willingness to be involved in an experimental project which challenges the myth that technology transposes the artist’s ideas, rather than the skilled technician acting as the creative conduit between artist and digital technology.

The ideas, or secrets, provided by the artists, became a springboard toward new and original work exhibited as discrete pieces connected by the narrative of process. Work which is rich, various and challenging,

Closely Held Secrets: Embodied Knowledge In Digitally Crafted Textiles - An article by the artist Katherine Townsend

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Artists

GRAYSON PERRY

SIMON BECK MATHER

CRAIG FISHER

CHARLOTTE HODES

GEOFF DIEGO LITHERLAND

DANICA MAIER

DEREK SPRAWSON

KATHERINE TOWNSEND

STELLA WHALLEY

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